Upcoming Ethics/Religion & Society lecture series focuses on Ethical Leadership

Leadership in Catholic Church, environmental crisis and human rights among topics to be addressed | August 26, 2003

The Ethics/Religion & Society lecture series is devoting its 2003-2004 season to the theme of “Ethical Leadership.” Guest speakers will address topics like leadership in the Catholic Church, leadership in the face of environmental crisis and leadership in the African-American religious community—all designed to forward the E/RS program’s mission to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.

All lectures, held in the Cintas Center’s Schiff Family Conference Center, are free and open to the public.

The series begins Sunday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m., with William McDonough’s lecture on “Leadership in the Face of the Environmental Crisis.” McDonough is an innovative architect working on reinventing architechture, design and manufacturing to achieve positive and sustainable relationships with nature and better health for human beings. McDonough is the co-author, with industrial chemist Michael Braungart, of From Cradle to Cradle (2002), a book exploring how choices can be made to continue modern life without toxic substances in building or manufacturing. He is the founder of an architectural firm and co-founder of a company that designs processes for producing eco-effective goods, from cars to carpets.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:00 p.m., Donald Cozzens is lecturing on “The Future Leadership of the Catholic Church.” Cozzens is a priest, theologian and psychologist. He is currently a professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Cozzens’s scholarship and practice have made him a critical and discerning voice responding to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He is the author of The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest, The Changing Face of the Priesthood: a Reflection on the Priest’s Crisis of Soul and Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church.

The series continues into the spring semester on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2:00 p.m., with W. Deen Mohammed’s lecture on “Leadership in the African American Religious Community.” Mohammed is the son of the late Elijah Muhammed, the founder of the Nation of Islam. The younger man followed his father into the ministry, but grew increasingly aware of the differences between the Islam of Elijah Muhammed and the Islam of the Qur’an. After struggles with the Nation of Islam, Mohammed took the helm following his father’s death and moved to change the community from a black separatist group to one that follows Sunni Islam. The religious group is now called the American Society of Muslims and has mosques and schools in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Mohammed is active in interreligious dialogue between Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

On Sunday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., Mary Robinson is lecturing on “Leadership in Human Rights and Globalization.” Robinson is the former president of Ireland, from 1990-1997, and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, from 1997-2002. Now based in New York, Robinson is the director of the ethical globalization initiative (EGI), a non-governmental organization seeking to integrate human rights standards into a more ethical globalization process and to support local and national human rights capacity building efforts. EGI is currently working with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). NEPAD aims to develop new principled partnerships between governments, the business sector, non-governmental activists, and academics that are committed to using human rights as a shared framework for solving global crisis.

The lecture series is only part of the E/RS program. The program has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities, one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. The NEH awarded the program a challenge grant of $400,000, requiring the University to raise an additional $1.6 million in order to establish an endowed chair, support a lecture series, purchase library and computer resources and provide continuing education opportunities for faculty. For more information, contact Marie Giblin at ers@xavier.edu or 513 745-3722.